2 bodies discovered in rural Cen-Tex home, relative arrested as suspect

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 3:43pm

Bell County Sheriff's office is investigating the circumstances surrounding the deaths of a Central Texas couple, discovered dead in the living room of their home Tuesday morning.

According to Lieutenant Donnie Adams of the Sheriff's Department, a welfare call came in around 8:30 a.m. from a friend of the deceased, who worked for the Temple newspaper. Adams said the woman had been trying to reach the couple for several days, but to no avail. The woman then called the constable's office, who contacted the sheriff's department. The sheriff's department then sent out a deputy to the home, located at 13127 Willow Grove Road and discovered the bodies.

Upon further investigation, officers noticed the couple's Chevy Trailblazer was missing from the home. The SUV was later discovered near Little River. At that point, a suspect was arrested. That suspect is said to be a family member, but the exact relation is still unknown.

"We are pretty confident this is a family offense, that we don't have anybody at large or a stranger breaking and entering. And, we feel that we have a person in custody, that we'll be charging," said Adams.

Justice of the Peace Barfield pronounced Chuck Youngblood, 63, and his wife, Cathy Youngblood, 62 dead on the scene and ordered autopsies for the bodies at the Southwest Institute for Forensic Science in Dallas.

Authorities are still unsure as to how long the couple has been dead. The Bell County District Attorney's office is currently screening the case to file formal charges.

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